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Homecoming festivities set for Oct. 13

October 1, 2018

Distinguished faculty member Mary Howard-Hamilton will lead the Indiana State University 2018 Blue and White Homecoming parade at 9 a.m. Oct. 13.

Howard-Hamilton, who will be accompanied in the parade by her two nieces, is chair of the department of educational leadership in the Bayh College of Education.

"It was really interesting (being selected as grand parade marshal). I remember getting the email late afternoon, and all the administrative assistants, colleagues and student workers were gone," Howard-Hamilton said. "However, the next day everyone got into the office and I told them. Everyone was excited and made big plans to be at the parade to support me. It is a very exciting moment for our whole office."

The parade will start at 9th and Cherry streets in downtown Terre Haute and run west on Wabash Avenue to 5th Street. It will end at the intersection of 5th and Chestnut streets.

As a researcher, Howard-Hamilton has published more than 90 articles and book chapters. She has been a presenter at the Oxford Roundtable in Oxford, England. She has also served as a consultant and instructor for the Student Housing Training Institute in Cape Town, Pretoria, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Howard-Hamilton is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of College Student Development, The Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, as well as The Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education. She is also on the United Campus Ministries (UCM) Board of Directors, the Melvin C. Terrell Foundation Board, and the Office of Community College Research and Leadership Equity Conscious Community College Pathways Advisory Board.

Before joining the department of educational leadership at Indiana State in 2005, Howard-Hamilton earned her doctor of education in guidance and personnel services at North Carolina State University. She also earned both a master's degree in college student personnel administration and a bachelor's degree in speech and dramatic arts-broadcasting and film from the University of Iowa.

She was a recipient of the Contribution to Knowledge Award from the American College Personnel Association, and the ISU Presidential Medal for Exemplary Teaching and Scholarship and the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research and Creativity Award. She also received the Bayh College of Education Holmstedt Distinguished Professorship Award for 2012-2013.

Howard-Hamilton's other honors include being selected by the American College Student Personnel Association to serve as a Senior Scholar, 2013-2018, the Diverse Issues in Higher Education Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond in 2018, the Champion of Diversity Award from the Indiana Minority Business Magazine in January 2013, the Terre Haute Human Rights Commission Diversity Award in October 2013, the Garcia Exemplary Scholarship Award from the Council on Ethic Participation -- Association for the Study of Higher Education in 2011, the Robert S. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member, and The University of Iowa, Albert Hood Distinguished Alumni Award.

She is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and serves as the secondary advisor for Zeta Nu Chapter at Indiana State. Howard-Hamilton is a member of the Terre Haute branch of the NAACP.

If you miss Howard-Hamilton in the parade, she will also be at the Bayh College of Education tent at Tent City, which starts at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. There will be a variety of tents, such as student organizations, fraternities, sororities, academic units, companies and more.

This year, some Tent City organizations are asking patrons to present a valid ticket to the football game to be admitted. Members of the Blue Card Club, President's Society or Varsity Club may enter the ISU Alumni Association's tent without a ticket. (Football tickets and Blue Card Club memberships will be available for purchase at the Alumni Association's tent.)

Following Tent City, the community is encouraged to cheer on the Indiana State football team as they host Missouri State University. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m.

While the Homecoming parade and Tent City are community favorites, the festivities start a week before, Oct. 8-13, with events such as the Sycamore Blood Drive, Sycamore Sync, The Blue Lights Parade, Tug-o-war and much more.

The annual Sycamore Tricycle Derby kicks off Homecoming Week at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at Michaels Simmons Activity Center Recreation East Track. The races feature men's and women's teams from fraternities, sororities, residence halls and student organizations racing on specially built tricycles.

For more information about Indiana State's Homecoming activities, go to, email or call 812-237-3830.


Photo: -- Mary Howard-Hamilton is chair of the department of educational leadership in the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University.

Writer: Antonio Turner, media relations assistant, University Marketing, or 812-237-3773